Tatura Cricket Club’s season has ended without a senior grade grand final berth after its two remaining teams fell at the penultimate hurdle on the weekend.
The Clyde Young Shield squad fell victim to an outstanding batting performance from its Karramomus opponent.
After losing the toss and bowling first at Howley Oval, Tatura watched the Bloods pile on 359 runs in just 74 overs on day one of the semi-final clash.
Louis Worm (4-36), Terry Olney (2-91), Blake Armstrong (1-29) and Paul Mahoney (1-34) took wickets for the home side, but could do little to reduce the imposing total.
Tom Casey (39) and Peter Watt (52) set about reeling in the required runs after the early loss of Mahoney (7), but could not keep up with their Karramomus counterparts’ scoring rate.
After Casey was found short of his ground, Heath Fidock (15) attempted to begin his own partnership with Watt, but was stumped with the scoreboard reading 125.
His wicket was the first of a collapse of 6-10 that saw the match put to bed.
Armstrong (43 not out from 85 deliveries) showcased his future all-round potential with a stirring rearguard action, but Tatura was eventually dismissed for 194.
The loss brought an end to an overall outstanding year in which the B-grade side claimed the one-day title and spent the majority of the season in the upper-echelon of the ladder.
Tatura’s Jim McGregor Shield campaign also came to a fighting end. The C-grade squad rolled Murchison for just 137 on day one of its clash, thanks largely to Harry Singh (4-26) spinning a web around the home side.
Bailey Archer (2-16) and James Collett (2-18) also claimed multiple wickets to give Tatura every chance of snaring victory.
It was not to be though, with wickets falling at regular intervals during the chase to have Tatura all out for 60.
Cade Dealy (16) was the only batsman to reach double figures in the defeat. But after sneaking into finals in a grade in which it did not field a side in recent seasons — and handing the minor premier its first loss of the campaign in last weekend’s qualifying final — Tatura still has plenty to celebrate.
The club’s presentation nights are coming up in the next two weeks, with the junior awards to be presented this Friday (from 5pm) and the senior night to be held next Friday, March 23 (from 7pm), at the Howley Oval clubrooms.
- Tyler Maher